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These Are the Most Iconic Hair Films To Watch For Inspiration

by eleanor / last updated December 11, 2020

iconic hair films

We’ve enlisted the help of hair historian, Rachael Gibson to share the top ten most iconic hair films to watch when you get a break over the festive season. Check out these key cinematic hair moments that will give you plenty of inspiration for the start of 2021.

Top 10 iconic hair films


1. Rita Hayworth in Gilda (1946)

The American actress’s first appearance in the 1940s film shows her throwing her hair back, with her voluminous curls radiating silver screen glamour. “This is possibly the most famous hair flip in history,” says Rachael.


2. Milla Jovovich in Fifth Element (1997)

Hairdresser Ward Stegerhoek created the flame hue for Milla’s character, Leeloo. In an interview with Into The Gloss, Milla reveals that originally the roots were left blonde, but this was challenging to upkeep throughout filming. On set one day, a hairdresser had left the solution on for too long, causing it to fall out. As a result a wig was made for her to wear for the rest of filming.


3. Sean Young in Bladerunner (1982)

Hairstylist Shirley L. Padgett created the bumper bangs and victory roll-esque look for Sean’s character, Rachael.


4. Anna May Wong in Shanghai Express (1932)

Anna’s character Hui Fei has a distinguishable glossy black fringe in the 1932 classic.


5. Pam Grier in Foxy Brown (1974)

This is arguably proof that hair can save your life, Pam’s character Foxy pulls out a concealed gun from her iconic 1970s Afro to beat the baddies.

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Pam Grier in Foxy Brown (1974)

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6. Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface (1983)

Michelle plays Elvira, who has a sleek bob finished with rolled under ends. It’s definitely one of Michelle Pfeiffers most memorable movie hair moments.


 7. Grace Jones in View To A Kill (1985)

Grace Jones’ character Mayday is not one to mess with. The stylish assassin’s impeccable cut shows she really means business.


8. Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (1963)

 Cleopatra wears beautiful Eygyptian-inspired headdresses and has several hair transformations throughout the film – hairdresser Louis Alexandre Raimon certainly had his work cut out.


9. Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

In the film, Rosemary Woodhouse says of her iconic pixie cut: “It’s Vidal Sassoon. It’s very in,” however, contrary to popular belief, Mia had cut her own hair. She told the NY Times: “Vidal Sassoon is mentioned in the book “Rosemary’s Baby” and the film. Paramount decided to stage a photo shoot where Vidal Sassoon trimmed my 1 1/2-inch hair to 1 inch. The whole event was taken in good spirits (I wore a wig during the earlier scenes.)”


10. Marlene Dietrich in Kismet (1944)

Styled by Antoine de Paris, Marlene’s character Jamilla wears elaborate braiding and intricate updos.

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